Staff & Board

Pike Place Market Foundation

Our Staff

Lillian Sherman

Executive Director | 206-774-5246

“I can honestly say I have the best job in the city! Every day as I walk through the market, I’m surrounded by our mission: a neighborhood where low-income people find dignity, hope and community.

By giving to The Market Foundation YOU make stories like the ones you’ll find on our website possible.  The difference we make together is more than just a day in someone’s life, we are changing a community. Together, we create the legacy that is the Pike Place Market.”

Professional Background: I returned to The Market Foundation in 2012 after spending 13 years leading the fundraising and community relations efforts at Wellspring Family Services and FareStart.  Both organizations went through significant growth periods during her tenure including major capital campaigns. Prior to her first turn at the Market Foundation in the late ‘90’s, she created Special Events for Food Lifeline and for The Bon Marche.  Lillian spent her formative years in McMinnville, Oregon, moving to Seattle to attend SPU where she earned a BA in Political Science & Social Work.  She also holds an MPA from Seattle University.

Fun fact! When not working or chasing children around, you will find her outside running or walking trails or swimming happily in the lake.

Christi Beckley

Fund Development Manager | 206-774-5243

I love the Market!…is what everyone says, but that is before they learn about the services housed with-in the Market and supported by the Foundation. Then they say….Wow, I love the Market even more now.”

Professional background: I enjoy ensuring that services are available for those in need by inviting others to give back to our community. Prior to joining the Market Foundation team, I spent the last 15 years in the non-profit sector in development, programming and leadership for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the American Cancer Society.

Why I love my job? It’s a joy to be surrounded by the vibrancy of the Market community, but it is the passion of our supports and the positive impact that they help create that keeps me going each day.

Fun Fact! Give me a good beat (preferably a funky one) and I’ll dance to it!

Nicole Cilley

Campaign Coordinator | (206) 774-5262

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

Professional Background: I grew up in North Carolina where I developed a passion for great food. I owned a small restaurant on the Gulf of Mexico for five years then moved to the Pacific Northwest. In Portland, OR I operated a “build your own” mac and cheese food cart as well as a small restaurant in conjunction with a brewpub. I found a wonderful home at the gourmet pasta stall in Pike Place Market for many years and now I’m happy exploring the culinary side of the market while I work for The Market Foundation.

Why do I love my job? I really feel great about my day when I’ve spent it helping people.  My role at the Foundation lets me help my coworkers with administrative tasks at the same time as helping the community.  To me, this is not just a job, it’s contributing to my own community.

Fun fact: I go on baking sprees for stress relief- cakes, muffins, brownies and breads…


Patricia Gray

Capital Campaign Manager | 206-774-5249

“More than fresh fish and produce, the Market is a model for how a diverse neighborhood stimulates a dynamic, economically viable community.”

Professional background: My passion is to empower people to make a positive impact in their community. I have worked in communications and fundraising at Wellspring Family Services, FareStart and the University of Washington Alumni Association and served on the board of ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. Prior to my nonprofit career, I was a journalist in Indiana, The Netherlands and locally for Real Change Newspaper. I have a journalism and telecommunications degree from Ball State University.

Why I love my job? My approach to public relations & fundraising is through community building and I firmly believe there is no better place to do this than Pike Place Market.

Fun Fact! By night, I enjoy tearing it up on the roller derby track!

Tiffany Swanson

Donor Relations Specialist | 206-774-5233

“I’ve had a love affair with Pike Place Market my whole life, yet never knew the depths of the market community until recently.  I’m incredibly honored to work with Pike Place Market Foundation, where I not only get to plan some of the best events in the city, but also contribute to the greater good of our amazing community!”

Professional background: With a Communications degree from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), I spent most of my extensive career in advertising analytics, finance and management for Disney Interactive Media Group and Then, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and steer my professional life toward what I’m truly passionate about – planning events that honor and celebrate our city with a non-profit organization that helps touch the lives of the Seattle community. I always knew I wanted to make the world a better place – I just didn’t know how!

Why do I love my job? The Pike Place Market Foundation is a powerful, caring and impactful organization full of delightful and inspiring individuals who truly want to help others.  I’m so thrilled to work with these people and have a hand in creating events here at Pike Place Market. It’s experiences like these that make life great – eating, drinking, dancing the night away in one of the coolest locations in the world, all to help our community thrive. What could be better than that!?

Fun Fact: You can also find me performing and teaching improv at Unexpected Productions, the improvisational theatre company right here at the Market Theatre at the Gum Wall. I like to think I’m changing the world for the better here too – one laugh at a time!

Crystal Dixon

Neighborhood Center Project Manager | 206-774-5262

“Pike Place Market’s community is as rich and layered as its history.  For many people who live and work in the market, it’s so much more than just a neighborhood, it is a place where people can live, shop, work, and care for each other. The Pike Place Market Foundation helps to maintain and fund the diversity and sustainability of this community.”

Professional background: I have a BA and MA in International Relations and have worked for NGOs and nonprofits for nearly my whole career. Before coming to The Foundation, I worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County as a Unit Director and Wellspring Family Services as a Community Engagement Manager. My approach to program development focuses on creating and sustaining social service programs where community and client can merge, and anyone and everyone has a chance to make an impact.

Why I love my job:  I am thrilled to see the 40 year old plan for the completion of the Pike Place MarketFront coming to life! The Neighborhood Center is going to be a key piece of this expansion and I am more than excited to be able to bring my community building and project management experience to help shape this new resource for the Market community.

Fun Fact: I don’t like chocolate, ice cream, or cake. I am a good person though, I swear!

Velma Chaney

Market Commons Coordinator | 206-774-5313

When you invest in the people, the people will invest in you. The Market is dedicated to helping the community through the service agencies supported by The Market Foundation, which in turn, motivates the members of the community to give back to such a thriving and wonderful cause.

Professional Bio: I graduated from Seattle Central with an Associates of Arts Degree in Social and Human Services, and I received my certificate in Child and Family Services. Most recently I interned at Wellspring Family Services to bring awareness to homelessness, provide resources, and ensure some of the basic needs of families were met.

Why I love my job: I am a survivor of homelessness. Through this difficult time in my life I learned what true strength is and how to fight for what I believe in and the things that I want out of life. I want to be there for all the individuals out there who need someone who understands them. I am passionate about helping people realize the fighter in themselves. This is what my new position as Market Commons Coordinator encompasses and that is why I love my job.

Alejandro Valdivieso

Communications and Volunteer Coordinator | (206) 774-5255

“Pike Place Market was one of my first sights when I moved to Seattle, and to this day I still feel the same joy and wonder of that first time as I traverse the shops and stalls. I’m excited to give back to the community that first welcomed me to this great city!”

Professional Background: I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and Psychology. After a brief stint in New York City to be a Mad Man-esque Broadcast Advertising Producer with Grey NY, my partner and I decided to move to Seattle to focus in on our passion for helping the public. This led to my previous position as a video producer/communications associate with the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, helping inform the public about the New Burke project and research breakthroughs at the museum. From there I continued to set my sights on nonprofit work that would benefit those in need, leading me to to join the Pike Place Market Foundation!

Why do I love my job? I’ve always wanted to work somewhere where I could see the fruits of my labor directly benefiting people in need of care and support. It’s truly an honor to share the stories of our remarkable community, and give a platform to individuals and social service agencies who may not realize that they deserve to be in the spotlight.

Fun fact: I play jazz trumpet, and used to be in a Jewish acapella group despite not being Jewish.

Allie Wass

The Market Commons Community Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA

Being surrounded by the culture, diversity, and history in the Market, I have seen the unique and caring community that is Pike Place Market!

Professional Background: I graduated last Spring from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI with my BFA in Illustration. Throughout college I discovered my passion of using art as a means of giving back to the community. I started work in Public Art Administration as an intern at the Chicago Transit Authority, and then discovered my passion for the nonprofit world after working for Artists Creating Together as a Development and Administration intern. I’m so excited to be here at the Pike Place Market Foundation in The Market Commons doing Community Outreach and learning more about the Market community and what goes into making a successful nonprofit.

Why I love my job?  Seeing our Market friends come through those doors always brightens up my day, whether it’s to say hello, grab a cup of coffee or participate in one of our many activities! I love being a part of a space that people feel comfortable and safe to be in.

Fun Fact: I love drawing fish!

Winnie Levitt

Special Events Intern | 425-218-1454

“Growing up, I always admired the melting pot of cultures that is the Market, but having the opportunity to be a hands on member through the Foundation has allowed for me to gain an entirely new perspective on the Market and the great people that make up this unique community!”

Professional background: I am a recent Washington State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Business Administration. As an intern with the Foundation I am looking forward to kick starting my professional career and seeing where the wind takes me!

Why do I love my job: It’s easy to get out of bed every morning knowing the work that I am doing is positively impacting the community that I hold so dear to my heart. I feel as if Seattle is full of opportunity and generous people and I am happy to be a part of it!

Fun Fact: I have the same first and middle name as Jimmy Fallon’s daughter.

Victoria O’Laughlin

Outreach Intern

“As a born and raised Seattleite, surrounding myself with fresh bakery scents, beautiful waterfront views, and people from all over the world at Pike Place Market is a taste of my childhood”

Professional Background: I am approaching my final year at the University of Washington and pursuing a degree in International Political Economy. At the beginning of college, I became involved in volunteering for the Make-A-Wish foundation, which led me to work with Susan G. Komen Puget Sound as an Events and Development intern. My experiences at these organizations built on my passion for non-profits, and I hope to share this passion with the community at Pike Place Market through my outreach internship on the MarketFront, and by working closely with the people whom I will strive to make a difference for.

Why do I love my job? Having the opportunity to make connections with local people and to alleviate their struggles is the type of work I find to be most meaningful. Plus, there’s no better office than Pike Place Market!

Fun fact: I can unicycle!

Board Of Directors

2018-2019 Officers:

Abraham Dairi , U.S. Trust


Abraham Dairi is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In his role, Abraham leads a team which works with High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth individuals and families throughout the country. With over 10 years of experience in finance, Abraham previously held positions with Union Bank & HSBC.

A resident of Downtown Seattle, Abraham currently serves as Chairman of the Washington Board of Advisors to the American Cancer Society, Member of the Board of Directors of The Pike Place Market Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of Seafair & the Seafair Foundation, and on the Education and Community Engagement Committee of the Seattle Art Museum. Abraham is also a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle.

Lindy Gaylord , Seneca Group

Vice President

Lindy joined Seneca Group in 1995 and became a Principal in 1999. She has led a number of large projects at Seneca Group from Adobe’s Seattle headquarters and the King County Courthouse seismic upgrade to the development of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters and the land use entitlement process for the Amazon-owned properties in downtown Seattle.

Lindy is a generalist. Her design background, together with 35 plus years in all facets of the development business here in the Pacific Northwest from brokerage to entitlements to construction management, provides Seneca Group’s clients with an extraordinary depth of experience. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design in both Interior Architecture and Fine Arts.

She and her husband recently relocated to downtown Seattle where she is thrilled to be just a block away from the Pike Place Market and all it has to offer.

Elizabeth Coppinger , TEDxRainier

Past President

Elizabeth’s career spanned over 25 years in the converging fields of digital technology and entertainment content and media services. Most of her executive career was in New York City as Sony Corporation of America’s Senior VP of Emerging Technologies where she evaluated new business opportunities and managed SCA’s venture investment and acquisition group. As an alum of UW, Elizabeth had always aspired to return to Seattle. Like most Seattleites, she loves the market and its community and has had the privilege of serving on the Foundation board for nearly 8 years. In addition to her work with the Pike Place Market Foundation and being an avid rower, Elizabeth is the Executive Director and Curator of TEDxSeattle, an annual conference now in its 7th year that presents inspiring and insightful talks and performances by exceptional individuals who reside and work within our region.

Nicole Bahr , Community volunteer


I joined the Market Foundation in 2011 because I am passionate about improving the lives of the low-income residents of Seattle while also transforming the waterfront into a world-class destination. I am honored to be part of the team making this change happen.

Professionally, I work at F5 Networks focusing on cloud technologies, with prior experience across startups and large corporations such as Russell Investments, London Stock Exchange, Microsoft, and Avenue A in product development, operations, sales and marketing. Throughout my career, I have championed new technologies to transform industries for the benefit of the end consumer, and am excited to drive F5’s transition to the cloud.

Natasha Bleier , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Natasha Bleier has lived in Seattle for 20 years and proudly calls herself a local. As a long-time enthusiast of the Market, and wanting to be civically engaged in the city, being a board member is a perfect channel for both. Natasha works in Human Resources at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has been there since 2005. She holds a Masters in Psychology from Antioch University. Natasha lives in Wallingford and in her free time enjoys yoga, cooking, open-water swimming (including polar bear plunges!), volunteering for Providence Hospice, and traveling to faraway places.

Marie Gill , Gill & Associates


For over 20 years my family & I have called this place home. The Market has provided us with rich, vibrant memories and incredible experiences. But I know all of that was made possible by the collaborative efforts of a city that welcomes diversity and expects everyone has a healthy, inclusive place to live and work. I’m proud to serve this community and to call so many of these neighbors my friends.

Peter True , Gull Industries


Peter True is Vice President with Gull Industries, Inc. in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle. In this position Peter is responsible to managing the commercial real estate portfolio, as well as analyzing potential company acquisitions. Gull is a family company founded by Cecil True that operated gas stations till the early 2000s, and now maintains a portfolio of real estate and investments. Prior to joining Gull Industries Peter worked in political fundraising in Boston, MA and completed his MBA at the Foster School at the University of Washington.

Peter and his wife Jacqueline Barton True live in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle with their cat Stella, their dog Harper, and their new son, Theodore. Peter and Jacqueline love travelling, in particular to places off the beaten path. In the past few years they have been to Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, the Maldives and South Africa among others. Peter joined the Market Foundation board to support his love of Seattle and his belief in a diverse and supportive urban core. He believes strongly in the mission of the Foundation to support people to live and work around downtown, and help those in the community.

John Pierce

Member-at-large, Community Service Chair

John has been involved in the healthcare industry in this region for the past 24 years most recently as the SVPresident and General Counsel with Premera Blue Cross, where he was until 2017.

This year John and his wife celebrated their 32nd anniversary and the 18th birthday of their twin sons, Jordan and Conner, who attend Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences.  They live on Capitol Hill in Seattle and are long-time fans of the Market.  John is a graduate of Stanford Law and Washington State University.  His causes include kids and education, and he is past President of the Boards of First Place School and Boyer Children’s Clinic.  John was drawn to the Board because of the support of the Clinic and continues with the Board based on his belief that the Board can help to make a difference in the lives of people in our community.

2018-2019 Members:

Kirsten Anderson , Oncogenex

Kirsten has been working in the local biotech industry for more than 20 years, with expertise in oncology drug development. She has held clinical trial management positions at OncoGenex, Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Xcyte Therapies, and Immunex, and is excited to be part of the expanding biotech sector and the exciting research happening in Seattle.

She had this to say about her position on the board: My love and adoration of Pike Place Market began when I moved to Seattle in 1995. I shopped regularly, and brought all our visitors to enjoy the bustling marketplace. Yet I only recently learned about the Foundation and the thriving community it serves; I hope to change that for many other Market fans.   I am very excited by the opportunity to contribute to a program that provide its community and influence the future of our fair city.  It is a privilege to work with the Market Foundation staff and partner agencies who selflessly dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others.

Clint Bennett , Community Advocate

Clint and his wife relocated from the Washington, DC area in late 2014. He has a broad background in engineering, marketing, and landscape design as well as a strong history of volunteerism. Living downtown, Clint has embraced the local community by volunteering with the PikeUp! Campaign and Market Outreach as well as the education and conservation efforts at the Seattle Aquarium. He and his wife enjoy hiking, boating, and the tremendous food scene that Seattle has to offer. He is excited to join the Board to further the Foundation’s mission of helping those who live and work in the Market.

Sherry Burkey , Community Volunteer

Sherry started her career working in the United States Senate and then returned home to work in Government Relations as AVP of University Relations and Director of Government Relations for the University of Washington and Western Washington University. She also worked in fundraising as Director of External Relations for UW Medicine.   She has a strong background in public outreach, policy development, strategic planning, communications and government relations.

Recently retired she has relished having the time to rediscover old interests and pursue new areas of interest. Getting involved with the Market Foundation has given her the opportunity to learn about the Market community and share what she has learned over the years and contacts she has made to help further the Foundation’s work. She also loves travel, art, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  She and her husband live in Madrona.

Joel Carsley , Hines

There is an inexplicable feeling I get when I think about Pike Place Market.  It makes me think about summer vacation with my parents, falling in love with my wife, buying my first comic book, my 13th birthday party . . . and none of these things have anything to do with the Market.  I was born and raised in Vermont and met and married Nikki in Colorado.  It’s just that indescribable feeling you get when something so important and magnificent blesses your life.  Add to this mystery sensation the fact that growing up in a town of 3,000 people, I like to think local, and the fact that the Market is my neighborhood, it seems the Foundation and I are serendipitously meant to be together.  The Foundation’s support of local artisans, farmers, seniors, children, and neighbors in need is just the right combination of awesome that I’m super excited to get behind.

Christine Craig , CPC Consulting

Christine is a marketing and consumer insights consultant with over 20 years of experience helping clients build brands, learn about their customers, and make critical business decisions.  She has worked with a broad range of industries from international private banking to Pokemon trading cards to small non-profits.

Since moving to Seattle in 1996, Christine has been an active volunteer in the community with Wellspring Family Services, FareStart, and the Community Campaign Committee for the Pike Place Market Foundation.  As a member of the board, she enjoys to sharing her skills and passion for serving the needs of the local community to help grow the social services the market provides and especially the new Market Commons.

Christine lives in Sunset Hill with her husband, Jim, and four energetic kids!  When not serving the needs of the community, her family or her clients, she likes to sit on the porch with a nice glass of wine and catch the sun setting slowly over Puget Sound.

John Delaney , Windstar Cruises

John Delaney is the president of locally based Windstar Cruises, part of the Anschutz Corporation.  From 2011 through June of 2016, John was the senior vice president of global marketing and sales for Seabourn Cruise Line. Prior to that he also held a number of positions at Holland America, including vice president of revenue marketing, director of special projects at corporate audit services and manager of management advisory services.  Before working for Carnival Corporation, he spent six years at The Walt Disney Company starting as a financial analyst in food operations at The Disneyland Resort and working his way up and through various departments including senior business planner for theme park operations revenue and manager of marketing finance. John earned his BS in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University in Long Beach, California.

As a fourteen year resident of the Pike Place Market area, I have a very personal interest in supporting the work and mission of the Pike Place Market Foundation to do what I can to help ensure that this Seattle treasures is preserved.

Austin Dienst , Russell Investments

Austin Dienst is a digital native who has been living and working in the greater Seattle area for the last decade. After leaving Washington, DC in 2005, he and his wife Meghan have embraced all that Seattle has to offer. His passion for technology, computers, the internet, and social media are matched only by his passion for Pike Place Market and the diverse community of people who enjoy its wide array of sights, sounds, and services.

Austin currently works as the Director of Global Interactive Tools at Russell Investments, helping financial advisors, CIOs, and individual investors improve their financial security through a deeper level of understanding and digital engagement. Prior to Russell Investments, Austin has helped organizations like and U.S. News & World Report improve their digital experiences. He is a proud Davidson College alumnus and enjoys sharing boarding school stories from his time at Avon Old Farms.
When he’s not in front of a screen, you can find Austin playing soccer in the rain, skiing his way through the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, or hanging out at home with his wife and their cat, Mr. Sandwich.

Susan Finneran , Community volunteer

Susan recently retired from a 47 year career in banking.  She began her banking career with Bank of America in San Francisco in 1969, moving to the Northwest in 1972 and joining Seafirst, then to New York with B of A.  Now with The Commerce Bank, Susan’s clientele includes locally owned businesses and their officers, including our own Jody Foster and Becky Bogard.  She and Frank, her husband, a hotel consultant, live above the Pan Pacific Hotel on Westlake.  Susan is an experienced board member and has been on the boards of Camp Fire USA (local and national), Cancer Lifeline, United Way, Empty Space Theater, and the board of Cancer Research & Biostatistics.  Susan and Frank have one son and two young grandchildren.  They have their own non-profit, Bicycles for Humanity Seattle, collecting unwanted bikes and sending them to South Africa.

Susan joined the Board because of the Foundation’s mission in serving the under-served in our community.

Carol Garza , 206 Agency

Carol Garza is a Downtown Seattle resident who lives in the Belltown neighborhood and works downtown. Her walk to work includes passing right through Pike Place Market each day. You can find her most days enjoying lunch at DeLaurenti’s. The soup and salad combo is her go-to. 

Carol is currently the Senior Manager of Consumer Engagement at 206Agency where her clients include Amazon, Delta Dental of Washington, Laird Norton Wealth Management, and Southwest Airlines. Her work has garnered awards for her clients including PR Campaign of the Year for Delta Dental of Washington and the “The Big M” Private-Sector Project Award for Laird Norton’s Pianos in the Parks campaign.

Carol was previously the Events and Promotions Manager for the Downtown Seattle Association – an organization focused on making Downtown Seattle a great place to Live, Work, Shop and Play through public advocacy, economic development, and marketing.

Before joining the Downtown Seattle Association, Carol served as a lead contributor to the Creative Services team at KOMO 4. There she worked on projects supporting the News Director’s initiatives which included campaigns like Your Transportation Station, Voter’s Guide and numerous community service projects. She received four Regional Emmy nominations including two Emmy wins for her work on KOMO 4 Marketing Campaigns. She was instrumental in creating a partnership between The Market Foundation and KOMO 4. Her team produced the first PSA’s in support of the PikeUP! Campaign. This partnership remains active to this day.

She is currently an Alumni Fellow for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership program and a Wish Granter Volunteer for the local Make-A-Wish chapter.

Jasmine Goodwin , Columbia Bank

Jasmine Goodwin is currently a Marketing Copywriter at Columbia Bank, where she manages internal and external communications on behalf of the bank’s clients, employees and community outreach efforts. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, she served more than 1,700 volunteer hours with AmeriCorps at Habitat for Humanity as a Community Engagement and Marketing Coordinator, in addition to roles as a publicist with various Seattle-based agencies. In 2014, Jasmine was named the 65th Miss Seafair, representing the Seafair Festival and Seafair Foundation at more than 100 community events reaching more than 2 million people throughout the greater Puget Sound.

Jasmine lives in the Old Town community of Tacoma, Washington, with her spouse and dog. A lifelong resident of Washington state, Jasmine is passionate about the Pike Place Market because of its rich history of diversity and advocacy on behalf of those who live and work in the iconic market. Jasmine is a proud graduate of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and she continues supporting the school by serving as the Marketing Chair for the Murrow Young Professionals, a young professional board overseen by the Murrow Professional Advisory Board.

She supports and volunteers with many local community organizations including the NAACP, Nourish Pierce County, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Habitat for Humanity, PRSA Puget Sound Jumpstart, Hilltop Artists and the Seafair Foundation.

Daisley Gordon , Cafe Campagne

Daisley Gordon’s path to the culinary arts is anything but traditional, but his passion about the craft is ceaseless and unparalleled in yielding diner experiences of consistent quality and lasting satisfaction. Born in Jamaica and immigrating to the US in the early 70’s,  Daisley Gordon earned a BA in Religious Studies and Speech Communications from Western Kentucky University. After college, Gordon worked a few years in restaurants to enhance his understanding of the business. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY which included an internship with a Certified Master Chef.

In 1995 he landed at Campagne Restaurant-Seattle’s standard bearer of regional French cuisine. He never left. Gordon went from lead cook to Sous Chef, Executive Chef and eventually Chef/Owner.

At the now 23 year old Café Campagne, he focuses on bringing-out the full flavors and celebrating the bounty of the Pacific Northwest seasons, in the French style. He maintains passion for French culinary traditions and the French obsession with product quality by his loyal patronage to the Northwest’s finest purveyors.

In 2008 Gordon was a competitor on Iron Chef America’s fresh berries challenge.

The beneficiaries of Gordon’s charitable work include the Pike Place Market Foundation and the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center.

Nick Hawley , Visit Seattle

Nick is the Director of Marketing at Visit Seattle. In addition to providing creative services to the organization, he is responsible for managing Visit Seattle’s leisure tourism campaigns with their agency of record. He also focuses on Visit Seattle’s annual destination events: Museum Month and Taste Washington.

Prior to Visit Seattle, Nick was at the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) from 2013-2016 where he managed a strategic partnership between DSA, WSDOT, SDOT and stakeholders focusing on creating a public supply of visitor parking in private garages. His main responsibility was managing the consumer-facing campaign,—a mobile website, media relations strategy and annual advertising campaign.

From 2009 to 2014, Nick was an Account Manager at local PR/Marketing firm Team Soapbox, where he provided PR and marketing services to a wide variety clients including food, lifestyle, and transportation.

Nick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ken Jackson , 1st Citizens Bank

Ken was recently named the VP Financial Sales Manager at First Citizen’s Bank.  Prior to this role, he was the Branch Manager of Opus Bank in Downtown at the 4th & Union office in Seattle. Ken and his wife Judy live in Lakeland Hills; they have three kids – Michael, Nichole and Keenen. His wife Judy and daughter Nichole are successful Real Estate agents, his son Keenen is a junior attending Eastern Washington University.

Inger K. Johnson , Kimco

Inger works as a commercial real estate broker focused on the retail market, working with retailers and landlords to create active neighborhoods.  She has a strong downtown network and serves on two committees with the Downtown Seattle Association – the Economic Development Work Group and Marketing Committee.

She also serves on United Way of King County’s Emerging Leaders Marketing Committee, working to recruit people in their 20s and 30s through group events and email and social media channels.  She is excited to share these insights and help the Market Foundation strengthen relationships with this growing demographic group.

She has always been drawn to opportunities that improve the lives of people who are doing their best, but find themselves in need of extra help.  She is excited to be a part of the Market Foundation.

Jane A. Johnson , Windermere Real Estate

Jane is a Seattle native with nearly two decades of real estate experience at Windermere Real Estate at the Madison Park Office.

Passionate about her community, in addition to serving on this board, Jane was the founding Chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Council of Guilds and started a nonprofit, Enrichment for Quality Classrooms, which supplements teaching resources for Shorewood High School. Prior to launching her career in real estate, Jane was a Vice-President/Branch Manager for Seattle First National Bank and served on the board of directors of Sound Savings and Loan and was President and Treasurer of The Highlands, Inc.,

Jane is active in numerous non-profit organizations, is a loyal UW supporter, and enjoys golf, hiking and get-aways to Whidbey Island.  She resides in Northeast Seattle and has two grown daughters.

When asked why she joined our Board, Jane responded: “I joined the Market Foundation Board because it provides vital support for the social service agencies used by the Pike Place Market residents, neighbors and greater downtown community and I wanted to contribute to that process.”


Eddie Kirschenbaum , Oculus

Eddie is delighted to sit on the Pike Place Market Foundation Board. Guiding the Foundation thru this exciting time has been a huge privilege. He is the Operations Manager for Oculus in Seattle optimizing the facility and productivity of the teams within. Before Oculus, Eddie was the VP of Business Development for Carbon Design Group in Seattle and prior was the Director of Sales & Marketing for a custom leather manufacturing business in New York City.  Eddie has also served as the Executive Director for Seattle’s South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an MPA from Seattle University. In his spare time, Eddie is eating his way through Seattle restaurants and hitting the local golf courses.

Reid Martin , Hines

Before I started working at Pike Place Market as the Capital Campaign Coordinator, I thought that the market was for tourists and downtown residents. After volunteering for the Foundation, I have seen that the Market is more than flowers and fish. It is a community of people who come together every day to lift one another up to make the community they live in better than the day before.   I have always been a person who thrives on personal interaction and serving on this board in the market will allow me to work with people of all different backgrounds.

Leaving the Market Foundation was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my profession career.  After shepherding the donor naming opportunities to the production phase, I was offered an opportunity with Hines to help run the Seattle Oculus office.  Working with Hines has allowed me to draw on my experience with both the Foundation, and my construction background.  The reason I wanted to join the board, was because of my love for what the Pike Place Market Foundation stands for.  This love didn’t end when I left, in fact it grew stronger, especially now that I knew I needed preach the gospel to the whole Hines community.

Dan Moore , Starbucks Coffee Company

Dan Moore is the Marketing & Product Director for Licensed Stores at Starbucks Coffee Company.  In this role, he leads a team that provides strategic initiatives, marketing programs and product strategies to Starbucks licensees.  Dan was inspired by the Foundation’s mission and the connection that Starbucks has to the market, and joined the Board to further advocate for its goals.   With nearly 25 years at Starbucks, Dan has an extensive background in both the US and international businesses, having lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the US for Starbucks.   He grew up in Washington State and currently resides in downtown Seattle with his husband, Carter Pecce.  Dan enjoys travel and digital photography, and during his spare time he produces stock photography and is currently a contributor for Getty Images.

Amy Morgan , Avalara

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest – this is my home and I’m a product of all its quirks.

My professional life is as much ingrained in the PNW as my personal one.   I’ve worked for some of the largest companies in the region as I’ve built a career in international trade, a job choice no doubt influenced by the diverse region where I grew up.

Among my friends and colleagues, I’m known for my love of taking on challenges and my action – oriented approach to ensure I deliver on my commitments.

Today, I find myself in the fortunate position to be able to give both time and money to a cause I believe in.  Pike Place Market Foundation is that cause.  It’s hard to believe that little more than a year ago, the PPMF and its social services were unknown to me.  Now that I’m aware of the organization and its good works, I want to shout about it from the rooftops.   My avid volunteering and giving shows that I’m a passionate PPMF supporter and a strong advocate of the Pike Up campaign.

Julie Newell , Community volunteer

I have a background in law and marketing, having worked in the Sourcing Department at Washington Mutual, supporting the Marketing Department. Additionally, I was a part of my family farm that grew from very small to one of the largest berry manufacturers in the world. As a result, I have a deep understanding and appreciation of the small farmers that supply the Market. I am currently on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound as well as a member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, having served on both the Grant and Membership Committees. I have also been a member of the board of Chestnut Hill Academy, Wellspring Family Services, Powerful Schools and Washington Works. I received my J.D. from Seattle University and my B.A. from the University of Washington.

Skylee J. Sahlstrom , Community Volunteer

Skylee has been living in the Seattle area nearly her entire life.  She served as a Paralegal with the U.S. Army immediately upon graduating high school.  She then obtained both her Bachelor’s degree (Business Administration) and law degree at the University of Washington.  Skylee worked as a commercial litigator, then later represented individuals who suffered harm.  She has always been committed to civic engagement, including volunteering to representing undocumented workers, supporting law students and new attorneys, representing people facing imminent evictions with the Housing Justice project, and providing free legal advice to self-represented litigants through the Walk-In Clinic at the King County Courthouse.  In her spare time Skylee enjoys practicing yoga, perfecting her favorite recipes and coffee-brewing methods, and taking in the beautiful scenery in and around Seattle with her husband and daughter.

Lisa Samson , Community volunteer

A native of Seattle, Lisa joined the Pike Place Market Foundation Board when she returned to Seattle after studying and working on the east coast, mid-west and abroad because she thinks that nothing epitomizes what is great about the city as much as the Pike Place Market.

Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, received a masters in economics from Cambridge University and earned an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She began her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and then worked in the apparel industry in New York City.  She worked as Director of Strategy at RR Donnelley in Chicago before returning to Seattle.

Lisa’s husband, Michael Gamsky, is an attorney specializing in structured finance.  They have one daughter in high school who has been volunteering with Lisa at the Pike Market Preschool since she was ten.

Ryan Santwire , Paseo/Rackspace

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Ryan originally grew up in Edmonds, WA, but has spent his adult life in Queen Anne and for the last 15 years the Ballard area has been his home. He is currently a consultant in the Cloud Computing and IT Solutions space, as well as having several other businesses in the Greater Seattle area. He is also an investor in Wine World Warehouse on 45th and I-5, RockCreek Seafood and Spirits in Fremont and has recently purchased the infamous Paseo.  As a serial entrepreneur, he also provides guidance to business owners and consults in helping businesses improve sales, marketing and strategic direction”.

He’s an avid sports fan, both active on the field, as well as off. He is also a long-time Tyee supporter for the University of Washington and supports many other great causes.

In 2014 he became a board member for the Pike Place Market Foundation and recently joined the American Cancer Society board in 2015.  Both he and his wife are avid travelers, so when they are able to find time, you’ll find them traveling to all parts of the globe.  Food, great wine, music and creative endeavors round out some of his other interests and fills-out any other spare time.

Michele Shaw , Michele Shaw Law

Michele Shaw has been practicing in King County for over 26 years, and specializes in all aspects of criminal defense. For the past 19 years Michele has had her criminal defense practice in the Pike Place Market area and enjoys the Market daily. Michele’s passion in her practice is representing clients with complex mental health issues, and she has the opportunity to do so in Federal, State and Juvenile Court. She is a member of the Pastoral Council for Christ our Hope Catholic Church, which is located at 2nd and Stewart in the Josephinum Hotel. This Parish’s ministry focuses on the homeless population in the downtown area. Michele also enjoys hiking and hot yoga.

Adam Stalker , Formative

After serving on the Pike Up and marketing committees for a little over a year, I’m excited to join the Pike Place Market Foundation board. I returned to Seattle two years ago to live in a city where I cared about investing time in causes I care about deeply. I love the Market — it’s the heart of my hometown and I want to be part of making it thrive. While I was aware that the Market provided services for the community, I wasn’t aware of the breadth, depth, and focus of the Foundation’s work until joining the Pike Up marketing committee. I look forward to leveraging my digital marketing and communications experience to help tell the Market’s story. My work experience ranges from private sector advertising (Apple iTunes & iPhone launch, Expedia & to non-profit and political sector digital communications (Obama 2012, Obamacare, Gates Foundation). UDub undergrad (Go Dawgs!) and Georgetown Master in Public Policy.

Warren Stickney , Stickney Research

We first met Warren at a house party in the Vine.  After our presentation, he expressed interest in helping our fundraising.  Warren owns Stickney Research, a Bellevue firm that assists clients with advanced estate planning, including tax, retirement, investment, estate planning, trust and asset protection needs.  The company’s premise is that a thorough understanding of various tools and concepts is paramount to the creation of the proper estate plan.   Warren and his wife, Colette Stallbaumer, and young children live in W. Seattle.

Lisa Stirgus , Harborstone Credit Union

SVP / Chief Experience Officer

I began my career in the financial services industry a little over 20 years ago, with 15 being at Wells Fargo and now at Harborstone Credit Union. My executive career brought me from Reno, NV to Seattle in 2013, where we fell in love with the PNW on day one.  I was so excited about the opportunity to join the board after learning that the Pike Place Market was much more than a local farmers market. It is also an amazing community where incredible social services are happening every day.  My personal goal every-day is to wake up and be a light in as many peoples’ lives as I can, and I have long believed that business leaders in the private sector have a responsibility to help make a difference in the nonprofit world.

Vinnie Tran

Board Fellow

Vinnie is a MPA candidate at the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She is interested in philanthropy, social impact, and nonprofit management. Most recently, she was the Program Manager at Washington Women in Need, a local nonprofit based in Kirkland. She is a Seattle native who is passionate about giving back to the community where she grew up.

Chris Volk , Edelman

Chris has lived in Seattle for 13 years, and has been with the communications firm Edelman for more than six years. In his role as a senior vice president, he is a leader in the firm’s Brand and Technology Practices where he develops and executes communications campaigns for several global clients. A resident of Madrona, Chris is an avid runner, hiker and traveler.

A longtime Market supporter, Chris was drawn to the Board based on his belief that the Market Foundation can help to make a difference in the lives of people in our community, particularly in the areas of homelessness and poverty.

Ted Youngs , Community volunteer

I’ve been engaged with the market for close to 35 years.  For the past two, I’ve worked on building the technology that allows for donations to the new MarketFront campaign.  My core focus is in entrepreneurialism – I run a cannabis farm in Eastern Washington – and I have a deep enthusiasm for the market’s unique commercial environment and creative community.

Monique Guevara

Board Fellow

Monique Guevara is a Rice Endowed Fellow at UW’s Evans School, where she will be graduated this June with a MA in Public Administration with a special interest in not-for-profit management and philanthropy.  Monique is a Californian, receiving her BA from UC Riverside with a semester at the University of Ghana, Legon.   She has worked in social service orgs, in management recruiting with a focus on education and public service clients, and is now Special Events Intern with the Pike Place Market Foundation.  Past volunteer efforts include United Way of King County, where she participated in their not-for-profit board training program, and the St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco, where she served on the Young Professionals Council.  She currently serves as a Board Intern for the Pratt Fine Arts Center located in Seattle’s Central District and as the Internal Outreach Chair for student interest group, Evans People of Color. Monique’s energy, leadership, and commitment to social responsibility promise a worthwhile experience for both her and our board.